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2015-02-27 Why Was the UN Sidelined in "Joint" DRC Operation Against Rebels?
[IRIN]Goma -This week, a long-awaited military offensive began against a Rwandan rebel group based in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It had been planned as a joint operation between Congolese government forces and a unique combat unit of United Nations peacekeepers. But by the time the gunfire began on Tuesday, the partnership had broken down and the UN had been side-lined.

2015-02-27 Central African Republic Refugees and Host Community Struggle to Survive in Northern DRC
[MSF]Since December 2014, an estimated 20,000 Central Africans have fled over the Ubangi River to into the Bili and Bosobolo health zones in Equateur Province, northern DRC, adding to 10,000 refugees already present in the area. The refugees have arrived with very few possessions, if any, and are heavily dependent on the local community. Available supplies of food and drinking water must be divided among an increasingly large population and the threat of malnutrition and water-borne illness looms.

2015-02-26 UK Lawmaker Calls for Investigation Into London-Listed Oil Company Over Bribery Allegations
[Global Witness]A leader of a cross-party anti-corruption group of British MPs yesterday called for UK and US authorities to investigate claims that Soco International, a London-listed oil company, may have breached anti-corruption legislation in the course of its work in Africa's oldest national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

2015-02-26 Monusco - Kobbler's Likely Departure Signals Post-FIB Era for Peacekeeping in Congo
[African Arguments]As we enter another critical year for the DRC, the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo (MONUSCO) is going to lose most of its political and military leadership, including its Special Representative (SRSG) Martin Kobler, its two Deputy SRSGs Abdallah Wafy and Moustapha Soumar├ę, and most likely its Force Commander Dos Santos Cruz.

2015-02-25 New Central African Republic Violence Triggers New Displacement, Including Into DR Congo
[UNHCR]This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Karin de Gruijl - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 24 February 2015, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

2015-02-25 Pregnant Women Referred to DRC
[Times of Zambia]PREGNANT women at Kilwa Island in Luapula Province are still being referred to health facilities in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in emergency cases.

2015-02-24 Technology Boost for UN Peacekeepers 'Essential' in Rapidly Evolving, Complex World - UN Experts
[UN News]From the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to the Central African Republic (CAR), United Nations' peacekeeping missions must make greater use of technological advances in order to better confront the dynamic challenges of the 21st century, according to a group of UN experts.

2015-02-23 Experts Urge Technology Boost for UN Peacekeepers in 'Rapidly Evolving, Complex World'
[UN News]A group of United Nations experts have urged the Organization's peacekeeping presence to incorporate technological advances into its operations in order to better confront the dynamic challenges of the 21st century, the UN's spokesperson's office said today.

2015-02-23 DRC Traders Vow to Continue Using Dar Port
[Daily News]NEW management at Dar es Salaam port should speed up improvement of infrastructure to ease cargo clearance and beat the rival Angolan port of Cabinda which is luring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) private sector.

2015-02-24 Zambia Confirmed for Dream Team VI
[This Day]Zambia's Under-23 team has been confirmed as Nigeria's Dream Team VI's next opponents in the race to the 11th All-Africa Games following the withdrawal of Madagascar.

2015-02-23 Zaire - Repatriation Process of Angolan Former Refugees in DRC Resumes
[ANGOP]Mbanza Congo -The second phase of the voluntary and organized repatriation of the Angolan former refugees in DR Congo was resumed on Thursday in the northern Zaire province, with arrival of the ninth train with 185 people, whose process started on 10 November 2014 at the region.

2015-02-22 Goma - DRC's Phoenix City That Has Risen From the Ashes
[Deutsche Welle]Goma airport, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo is being rebuilt with German help, and Frank-Walter Steinmeier has become the first German foreign minister to visit. DW's Claus St├Ącker reports from Goma.

2015-02-20 Steinmeier Seeks to Open Doors in DRC
[Deutsche Welle]German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was caught up in the Ukraine crisis on his latest African trip. However, he was keen to not let it distract him from diplomatic efforts in Kinshasa.

2015-02-19 Sexist Laws Still Thrive Worldwide
[IPS]United Nations -A rash of sex discriminatory laws - including the legalisation of polygamy, marital rape, abduction and the justification of violence against women - remains in statute books around the world.

2015-02-21 AAG Congo 2015 - Men, Women Qualifiers Set for Start
[CAF]In a packed year which has the Orange AFCON, African U-17 Championship, CAF U-20 Championship, Orange CHAN 2016 qualifiers and the CAF U-23 Championship, also on the calendar is the 11th edition of the All Africa Games.

2015-02-19 Second ICC Trial Looming for Bemba
[Bemba Trial Website]A second trial for Jean Pierre Bemba at the International Criminal Court (ICC) is now imminent after the court's Presidency named judges to try the Congolese opposition leader and his four associates. Trial Chamber VII was constituted after a pre-trial judge rejected their bid to appeal the confirmation of charges decision.

2015-02-19 Forget MONUSCO, Call in EASF
[New Times]Germany's Ambassador to Rwanda Peter Fahrenholtz recently made pertinent observations on the current stalemate in disarming the FDLR militia operating in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): It was up to Africans themselves to take the lead in solving African security problems.

2015-02-18 UN Staying in Eastern DRC - for Now
[ISS]The expression on the face of Martin Kobler, Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), revealed nothing as the camera swept over him and various ambassadors seated in front of DRC President Joseph Kabila.

2015-02-19 State Dept. On Global Electoral Calendar in DRC
[State Department]STATEMENT BY JEN PSAKI, SPOKESPERSON, Welcoming the Global Electoral Calendar in the DRC

2015-02-19 U.S. Envoy Visits Gihembe Refugees, Pledges Advocacy to Pacify DR Congo
[New Times]The american Ambassador to Rwanda, Erica Barks-Ruggles, has pledged her government's support to ensure peace returns to eastern DR Congo so that refugees can return home.

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